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Bulk annuity market set for expansion as Aviva returns, LV= looks to enter

first_imgSources close to the market confirmed to IPE Aviva’s intention to begin pricing single buy-in and buyout deals of up to £200m of liabilities.Any single deal of this size would outstrip the insurer’s total business for 2013.According to consultancy LCP, Aviva wrote £143m in bulk annuity business in 2013 and £187m in the year before.In the 2010-11 financial year, before its retreat from the market, the insurer wrote nearly £2bn in business.A statement from Aviva said the company was still working through the changes announced in the Budget.“Our business is generally targeting the smaller end of the market [up to £50m], but we will write larger business where there is a clear business case to do so,” it added.Two sources also detailed conversations with LV= regarding its entry into the bulk market, and the medically underwritten space.One source said: “LV= is looking at the market and spoken to people about offering bulk annuity deals.”A statement from LV= said: “We review our business regularly. We’re still looking at the fall-out from the Budget, and making sure we can still offer individual propositions that we think the market requires.”The move by the insurers is only the beginning of a trend according to several market commentators, in stark contrast to recent years, which saw Aviva scale back its writing, consolidation of Lucida into Legal & General, and a retreat from US insurer, MetLife.As economic conditions led to better pricing, business levels in the bulk annuity space reached record levels in 2013, with the current year expected reach £20bn, according to LCP.Improved scheme funding levels on the back of equities and rising yields have also led UK pension funds and sponsors to look at bulk annuity options for de-risking. General insurer, Aviva is expected to quadruple its limit on bulk annuity deals to £200m (€244m) as LV= is set to enter the market for the first time.Both moves come after the UK government scrapped the forced annuitisation of defined contribution (DC) pots, leading to fears of a drop-off in the individual market.Aviva in 2012 announced it would reduce its writing capacity in the bulk annuity market to £50m, having enjoyed 20% of the market (c.£2bn) in the previous two years.However, as last month’s Budget heralded a potential decline in individual annuity sales – by as much as three-quarters according to insurer Legal & General – Aviva and LV= have begun shifts into the potential £20bn a year bulk space.last_img read more

Installation team needed for Danish offshore wind farms

first_imgVesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord will comprise a total of 41 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW turbines with a combined capacity of 344.4 MW. The wind farms are located nine and eight kilometres off the Danish western coast, respectively. The tender is divided into three lots and covers the installation of the foundations, the cables, and the wind turbines. Back in May, the Danish Energy Agency opened a public consultation on the new EIA reports, with the final permits expected to be issued in September or October. Vattenfall had initially planned to commission the two wind farms in 2020, but the developer had to delay the two projects after the Danish Energy Agency initiated new environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes. Vattenfall has issued a tender for installation works on two wind farms in the Danish North Sea – Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord.center_img The contracts are scheduled to run from July 2021 to the end of 2023. The tender will remain open until 20 October. The Swedish energy company subsequently canceled several ongoing tenders related to the projects, including the ones for the installation works. Vattenfall has since changed the layout of the wind farms, pushing the wind turbines as far offshore as possible. last_img read more

Grinding Gears: Trojans can’t rest on laurels after win

first_imgRedshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold threw for over 300 yards in Saturday’s 38-10 win over Oregon State. He completed 66 percent of his passes and recorded three touchdowns. But the first few questions he fielded from thepostgame media scrum were critical of his performance. He was asked about what he needed to improve on, about what went wrong on his lone interception and about whether it was frustrating.Finally, someone asked if this game was the most comfortable he’s felt with his receiving corps with junior Deontay Burnett and redshirt freshman Tyler Vaughns both on the field. He nodded, and then a smile crept across his face.“A positive question,” he said.That’s the way it is at USC, where you beat a conference opponent by 28 points, where you rebound from a tough loss with a comfortable win to advance to 5-1 on the season, and yet there is more negative than positive press.Indeed, USC could’ve played better against Oregon State. There were turnovers, fumbles, lapses and miscues that would have cost the Trojans against any competent opponent. There were periods of the offense being stagnant. The only thing that kept the Trojans’ mistakes from coming back to bite them was the fact that the Beavers are an objectively terrible team with no defense and a backup quarterback under center.And yet, we saw Darnold and the Trojans do everything they could to give Oregon State momentum early in the game. In the first quarter, Darnold fumbled after the ball slipped out of his hands while he attempted a pass, and in the second quarter, he threw an ugly interception right into the hands of the defense. Both turnovers were in USC territory, with only the ineptitude of Oregon State’s kicking game and offense preventing points from being scored as a result.In the context of the season, the Trojans took care of business on Saturday. They did their job against an inferior opponent. They rested some of their starters late in the game and found playing time for their reserves. Redshirt freshman backup quarterback Matt Fink subbed in for Darnold in garbage time, recording his first career touchdown on 51-yard gallop. And blind redshirt sophomore long snapper Jake Olson took a snap for the second time this season.“I think we played pretty well,” senior safety and team captain Chris Hawkins said. “The score says we played well, the stats say we played well.”But not the eye test. For a team that needed a clean game in all three phases before taking on two tough opponents in Utah and Notre Dame, it didn’t get it. The defense was strong, holding Oregon State to just one touchdown. But on special teams, redshirt junior cornerback and punt returner Ajene Harris muffed a punt that was recovered in USC territory, and there otherwise were no noteworthy plays.And the offense … oh, the offense. Sure, it racked up over 500 yards, Darnold put up good numbers and 13 different receivers caught passes. But the offense still lacks an identity. It lacks the flow, the rhythm that we saw last season when Darnold would just take the snap and work his magic. Instead, it looks complacent, stale. Darnold has not moved out of the pocket as much this season, but his deep passes often fall incomplete and he is just not as in sync with his receivers as he needs to be.Darnold was so pedestrian that Oregon State cornerback Kyle White called him “nothing special” and a “normal Pac-12 quarterback.” Whether he had any right to criticize the opponent after his team was just thumped by 28 points is debatable, but his comments are not exactly inaccurate — at least this season. Entering Saturday’s game, Darnold ranked sixth — out of 12 Pac-12 quarterbacks — in total offense with 282.8 yards per game and just seventh in pass efficiency. For reference, he finished last season ranked second in the conference in pass efficiency, trailing only Washington’s Jake Browning.To get its hype train back on track, USC must make fixing its offense a priority, which means it must Make Sam Darnold Great Again. Whether it’s the playcalling, the receivers or Darnold himself, these issues will hurt USC next week against Utah and in two weeks in South Bend.“When you have over 500 yards and your guts are hurting inside that you left more out there, that’s a good feeling to have,” head coach Clay Helton said. “If that’s your worst day, be happy.”The Trojans can be “happy” with Saturday’s win. But they cannot — and should not — be satisfied.Eric He is a junior studying journalism. He is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

Today’s MLB DFS Picks: Advice, strategy for Friday’s DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy baseball contests

first_imgWatch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO toolsToday’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Friday, April 26Miles Mikolas, Cardinals vs. Reds. Mikolas, aka the Lizard King, has allowed three or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts this season and makes a living on his 49-percent ground-ball rate. He’s not a big strikeout pitcher by any means (17.3 percent), but a 3.9-percent walk rate always helps him limit the potential damage. Up against the Reds, who have 25-percent strikeout rate vs RHP, he should hit the upper end of his strikeout potential tonight.Jason Castro, Twins vs. Orioles. Castro should slot into the starting lineup tonight for the Twins since he will have the platoon advantage against Alex Cobb, who allowed a .330 wOBA and 1.15 HR/9 to lefthanded hitters last season. He’s great salary relief on a loaded slate.MORE: Friday DK Lineup | Friday SP rankingsJustin Smoak, 1B, Blue Jays vs. A’s. Do you want any of this Smoak? Well, you should in a matchup like this. The Blue Jays come in with an implied run total at 4.46. Smoak is up against Mike Fiers, who allowed a .305 wOBA to lefties last season along with 1.52 HR/9. Smoak had a massive .257 ISO vs RHP last year, putting him on home run watch tonight.Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals vs. Reds. Wong and the Cardinals are going to be one of the most popular teams on the slate since they have a high implied run total at 4.59 and are facing a struggling pitcher. That pitcher is Anthony DeSclafani, who couldn’t get lefties out last year with a .385 wOBA and 2.58 HR/9, and it’s much of the same for him this season. Wong had a .328 wOBA and a .159 ISO last season vs. RHP and is priced a bit better on FD tonight.Cole Tucker, SS, Pirates @ Dodgers. Tucker is an exciting young player for the Pirates who has hits in five of his six game this season. He is a very cheat tournament-only options tonight vs Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is allowing a sneaky bad 36-percent hard contact rate to righthanded hitters this season.Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays vs. A’s. Today is the THE DAY. Vladdy Jr. is here and making his MLB Debut. Take all the hype out of it, he had a .227 ISO last season in Triple-A and is baseball’s top prospect. The ownership will certainly be there since the Blue Jays are in good spot overall, so know that going in. Happy Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Day! Baseball’s top prospect will be making his major league debut tonight against the A’s, and you can bet he’ll be in plenty of DraftKings and FanDuel lineups tonight. It’s a 15-game MLB DFS main slate (though a few games will be dealing with rain), so the options, both sleepers and studs, are seemingly limitless.The two games most threatened by weather are Rays-Red Sox and Brewers-Mets, but Padres-Nationals and Marlins-Phillies could also see delays. Make sure to consult the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center before lineup lock. Cody Bellinger, OF, Dodgers vs. Pirates. Bellinger is one of the best hitters in the league and comes in with three home runs in his past seven games. He always has massive tournament upside due to his multi-HR ability and being up against Chris Archer, who allowed a .345 wOBA and 1.56 HR/9 to lefties last season.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY!AnalysisSPJ. Paxton (L)NYY @SFFri 10:15M. Bumgarner (L)$9600$11000$56UPGRADESPC. Kluber (R)CLE @HOUFri 8:10C. McHugh (R)$8900$9600$46UPGRADESPC. Morton (R)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$8500$8800$46UPGRADESPH. Ryu (L)[email protected] LAFri 10:10C. Archer (R)$8200$9500$44UPGRADESPM. Mikolas (R)[email protected] STLFri 8:15A. DeSclafani (R)$7400$7400$44See aboveSPJ. Eickhoff (R)[email protected] PHIFri 7:05J. Ureña (R)$7900$7800$36UPGRADECW. Contreras (R)CHI @ARIFri 9:40R. Ray (L)$4700$3800$18UPGRADECM. Zunino (R)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$4000$2300$14UPGRADECC. Vázquez (R)[email protected] BOSFri 7:10C. Morton (R)$3700$2500$10UPGRADECJ. Castro (L)[email protected] MINFri 8:10A. Cobb (R)$3300$2200$15See above1BJ. Smoak (B)[email protected] TORFri 7:07M. Fiers (R)$4700$4100$16See above1BD. Vogelbach (L)[email protected] SEAFri 10:10S. Miller (R)$4900$3800$19UPGRADE1BJ. Choi (L)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$4200$2800$12UPGRADE1BJ. Abreu (R)[email protected] CWSFri 8:10D. Norris (L)$4500$3700$18UPGRADE2BW. Merrifield (R)[email protected] KCFri 8:15T. Skaggs (L)$4900$4000$20UPGRADE2BK. Wong (L)[email protected] STLFri 8:15A. DeSclafani (R)$4200$3600$15See above2BD. LeMahieu (R)NYY @SFFri 10:15M. Bumgarner (L)$3600$3500$14UPGRADE2BC. Hernández (B)[email protected] PHIFri 7:05J. Ureña (R)$4000$3200$16UPGRADE3BN. Arenado (R)COL @ATLFri 7:20M. Fried (L)$4800$4200$18UPGRADE3BJ. Donaldson (R)[email protected] ATLFri 7:20A. Senzatela (R)$4500$3900$17UPGRADE3BV. Guerrero Jr. (R)[email protected] TORFri 7:07M. Fiers (R)$4300$3200$18See above3BR. Healy (R)[email protected] SEAFri 10:10S. Miller (R)$4000$3100$19UPGRADESST. Anderson (R)[email protected] CWSFri 8:10D. Norris (L)$4900$4100$19UPGRADESSF. Lindor (B)CLE @HOUFri 8:10C. McHugh (R)$4500$3800$18UPGRADESSC. Tucker (B)PIT @LAFri 10:10H. Ryu (L)$3600$2500$14See aboveSSA. Simmons (R)LAA @KCFri 8:15D. Duffy (L)$4100$3500$14UPGRADEOFC. Bellinger (L)[email protected] LAFri 10:10C. Archer (R)$5700$5000$27See aboveOFB. Harper (L)[email protected] PHIFri 7:05J. Ureña (R)$5000$4700$20UPGRADEOFT. Pham (R)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$4800$3700$23UPGRADEOFL. García (B)[email protected] CWSFri 8:10D. Norris (L)$4300$3500$13UPGRADEOFB. Buxton (R)[email protected] MINFri 8:10A. Cobb (R)$4300$3400$18UPGRADEOFB. Hamilton (B)[email protected] KCFri 8:15T. Skaggs (L)$3900$3000$10UPGRADEOFD. Fowler (B)[email protected] STLFri 8:15A. DeSclafani (R)$3900$2900$13UPGRADEOFN. Castellanos (R)DET @CWSFri 8:10C. Rodón (L)$3900$2900$15UPGRADEOFM. Smith (L)[email protected] SEAFri 10:10S. Miller (R)$4200$2800$18UPGRADEOFJ. Reddick (L)[email protected] HOUFri 8:10C. Kluber (R)$4200$3000$15UPGRADElast_img read more